Social Work, helping disabled and autism children in Hanoi
Phuc Tue care center offers care, education, career advice and vocational training for mentally and physically impaired children.
Their mission is to care for, educate, restore mental health, teach, and guide disabled individuals to enable them to find suitable jobs, build self-confidence and become more independent in their everyday lives. As they are absorbed into the community, their burden on their families in particular, and society as a whole, will diminish.
Besides early grade academic lessons, educational programs include physical education and therapy, yoga, painting and poetry.
Currently, the center has 80 disabled children and adults, aged between 2 and 22 years, and divided into four classes. Their disabilities include Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, children who are victims of Agent Orange, and various other mental disorders. The number of children varies from time to time. The center tailors its educational programs to suit each individual, and employs the use of psychotherapy, modern medicine and other traditional therapies as part of the rehabilitation program for the mentally disabled.
Ms Huong - Director of Phuc Tue Centre & her beloved "grandchildren"
Thanks to the dedication of the 22 teachers, psychologists, doctors, nurses and other administrative staff, and the efforts of domestic and international volunteers and private families, there has been a marked improvement in at least 30% of the students. Many of them have attended school, found employment and have been integrated into the community.
With their limited finances, a desperate need exists at Phuc Tue Center to improve their extremely poor infrastructure, and the appeal to the generosity of volunteers, individuals, and organizations to assist them.
1.1. Location: Center of Hanoi
- Caring for and playing with disabled children.
- Feeding the children during lunch time.
- Initiating campaigns for donations of books, old clothes, old shoes for the children (depends on volunteers).
- Help the center do gardening to provide food for the children.
- Become involved in community and school-based projects.
1.3. Duration: No limit on duration
- Initiative spirit and like to work with disabled children.
- Creative and active in this particular working environment.
- Having a medical background and/or experience in working with people with disabilities is advantageous. However, volunteers without experience will still be able to join with the guidance of teachers.
1.5. CVTD Fees: Management Fee is $50 non-refundable (Bank transfer or Paypal, after signed the contracting volunteers via email); and Program Fee is 10$ per day.
(*) Volunteer service includes the following:
- Accommodation: Volunteers will be living in the CVTD’s volunteer house in Me Tri Ha Village, which is covinient with The Garden shopping center, BigC Supermarket, many hotels, 5 stars - JW Marriott Hotel , restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or Lotte cinema and Keangnam Landmark 72 – the highest building in Vietnam with 10 minutes walk, or My Dinh National Stadium, The National Conference Center, Hanoi Museum , Korean town… with 5 minutes walk.
++ The house contains a large living room, two bedrooms with two bathrooms, hot water in bathroom, and air conditioner in bedroom (from 10:00PM to 8:00AM in summer), a kitchen and a beautyful courtyard.
++ Volunteers share their rooms with other volunteers, using bunk beds
++ There is full internet connection in the accommodation.
++ The centre is approximately 45 minutes away from Hanoi's Old Quarter by bus, which only costs 7.000 VND for one way ($0,30).
- Meals: Two meals per day (Lunch and dinner). We do not supply breakfast, but we have full kitchen facilities which you are free to use. And do not meals outside the volunteer house (Example: No lunch, when you go to Phuc Tue Center).
- Transport from CVTD’s volunteer house to the center by bus.
- Airport pick-up / drop-off at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi.
- Various scenic visits with students.
- CVTD’s staff is available 24/7 by Online/Telephone or in person to support and guide you. It is extremely safe in Vietnam and there is really nothing to concern about.
(*) Not included:
- Flight tickets
- Visa application fee in home country
- Insurance of any kind. Participants are required to obtain adequate the Travel insurance, Health insurance, etc.,
- Personal items (toothpaste, towels, shampoo, shower gel, soap…).
- Travel during the program and after the formal program is completed
- Stipend – this is a volunteer project, the volunteer will receive no allowance or stipend
(*) More benefits for volunteer/internship:
- Two (2) days off per week
- One (1) small party per month
- One (1) Vietnamese class per week
- Culture exchange in every weekend (Program about Vietnamese family, food, landmarks, gifts and some ethnic culture)
- Volunteers who work at least 3 months: One (1) week off for vacation (Total 07 days every 3 month).
- Participant certificate upon successful completion of the volunteer placement and small gift.
Here are some tasks that you as a volunteer can do there:
The old house in Phuc Tue Centre II
- Over 18 years of age
- Native or fluent in English
- Initiative spirit and like to work with disabled children.
- Patient, creative and active in this particular working environment.
- Having a medical background and/or experience in working with people with disabilities is advantageous, however, volunteers without experience will still be able to join in various activities as the students are always very keen to be around foreigners.
Weekends: During the weekend, volunteers have time off and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Hanoi and Vietnam. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield and engage in interesting activities with the students such as homestay in the student’s home, trekking, swimming, sport, historical tours and scenic tours. If volunteers wish to volunteer during the weekends, they can join local teams and visit orphanages or other children’s organizations and spend time playing with and entertaining the children.